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Morden på Biggie, 2Pac & Big L förblir olösta – låg uppklarningsprocent när rappare mördas


 

 

Trots att det gått snart tjugo år sedan Notorious B.I.G och Tupac Shakur mördades så har rättvisa fortfarande inte skipats i domstol. Under årens lopp har utredningarna fortgått med skiftande intensitet utan att komma till ett konkret åtal för de ansvariga bakom två av de mest uppmärksammade brottsfallen i modern musikhistoria.

 

 

 

De två ikonerna är dock långt ifrån ensamma om att ha fallit offer för brott som inte klarats upp. I en omfattande genomgång har tidningen XXL kartlagt hela 52 mord på rappare, från 1987 till dags dato. Hela 36 av dessa fall är ouppklarade och därmed hamnar uppklaringsprocenten på endast 31% för dessa fall. För mordfall i USA som helhet, är uppklarningsprocenten hela 64,1%. Diskrepansen, att klara upp och lagföra gärningsmän för mord på rappare jämfört med befolkningen i övrigt, är alltså anmärkningsvärt hög.

 

Någon tänkbar förklaring till detta anges inte i artikeln men refererar till att många artister rör sig i en miljö där våld och brottslighet kan förekomma. Bara under 2015 har ett flertal rappare mördats, som exempelvis The Jacka, Chinx, Young Ready, Glo Gang Capo och Dex Osama.

 

 

 

Läs hela genomgången via XXL, och se även utdrag från densamma nedan, när man går närmare in på nuvarande status i utredninghen för respektive fall gällande exempelvis Scott La Rock (BDP), Charizma, Biggie, 2Pac, Big L, Freaky Tah (Lost Boyz), Jam Master Jay, Proof (D12) och många fler.

 

 

 

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2Pac

The murder of Tupac Shakur is one of the most notorious unsolved killings in hip-hop history. The icon was shot in Las Vegas at the age of 25 on Sept. 7, 1996, dying six days later at University Medical Center due to complications from his bullet wounds. On the night ‘Pac was shot, Suge Knight was driving a black 1996 BMW with ‘Pac riding in the passenger seat. A white Cadillac then pulled up on the passenger side, firing off 14 rounds. Tupac was struck four times; twice in the chest, once in the arm and once in the thigh. Knight was hit with bullet fragments, but was able to drive the car about a mile away before being pulled over by bike patrol on Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. Paramedics were radioed and the two were taken to University Medical Center. There, Tupac underwent two surgeries and had his right lung removed. Shakur’s case remains unsolved. A possible suspect by the name of Orlando Anderson had been identified by the LAPD though never arrested after reportedly being involved in a fight with Knight and Shakur earlier in the evening of his murder—’Pac’s mother had filed a wrongful death suit against him—but Anderson himself was killed in 1998. Seven posthumous albums have been released following Tupac’s death, including The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory and R U Still Down? (Remember Me?).

 

 

Notorious B.I.G.

 

Six months after the hip-hop world suffered the loss of Tupac, another one of the biggest unsolved murders in genre’s history shocked everyone again. At the age of 24, The Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles while leaving an industry party at the Peterson Automotive Museum following the 1997 Soul Train Music Awards. Shots rang out around 12:30 a.m. when police believe an unidentified dark vehicle pulled up alongside the passenger side of Big’s car, where the rapper was riding, and fired several shots at the car while at the intersection of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. At the time there were more than 1,000 people exiting the party, but police claimed to have few eyewitnesses and even fewer leads. Biggie was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. The rapper’s vehicle was riddled with at least five bullet holes; Big was hit four times, with the fatal shot entering his right hip and tearing through his heart and lungs. Detectives believe witnesses didn’t come forward out of “intimidation” due to the “reputations” of some of the people involved. Biggie’s sophomore album, ironically titled Life After Death, was still released on the preconceived date on March 25, 1997, just over two weeks after his death.

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